Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (ACES) and Trauma Informed Care

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years), and can include things like, experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; or witnessing violence in the home or it could also include aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as parental substance misuse, mental health problems or parental separation. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education and job opportunities.

This two-part series will explore the connection between trauma and the child welfare system. Topics include the intersectionality of trauma and the ways that Social Determinants of Health are related.

Participants will gain understanding in:

• How trauma impacts us (ourselves, our clients, our colleagues)

• Understanding and applying Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) responsibly

• Impact of trauma on the brain & body

• Basics of Trauma Informed Care


Professional Credit 
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Approval of this course for continuing education credit is still pending at this time. If approved, the course may meet the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider number 050148. Certificates of completion will be sent to participants within 4 weeks after the course after attendance and number of credits to be received are verified. 


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Online class

Section Notes

The format of this virtual training will be on Zoom. You will receive login information via email once your enrollment has been received.